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Department of Justice announces three judicial appointments in Quebec

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:50 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Nov. 19 three judicial appointments in the province of Quebec.

Christine Baudouin, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Justice Baudouin replaces Justice Claudine Roy, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Oct. 6, 2019.

Frédéric Bachand, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Justice Bachand replaces Justice Manon Savard, who was appointed chief justice of Quebec effective June 10, 2020.

Philippe H. Bélanger, partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. Justice Bélanger replaces Justice Martin Bureau (Sherbrooke), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 16, 2018. The chief justice has transferred Justice Claude Villeneuve (Grandby) into this vacancy, and Justice Johanne Brodeur (Montreal) into the vacancy of Justice Villeneuve. The vacancy is therefore located in Montréal.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Baudouin holds an LL.B. from the University of Montreal and an LL.M. specializing in bioethics from McGill University. She was admitted to the bar of Quebec in 1993.

In 2017, Justice Baudouin was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec (Montreal). Prior to her appointment, she practised litigation as an associate and a partner with several firms, including Heenan Blaikie (1997-2009) and Casavant Bedard, formerly Casavant Mercier Avocats (2010-2017). Her fields of practice included civil law, health law, administrative law, and labour and employment law.

Justice Baudouin has contributed her expertise in bioethics to the public good by serving on the Ethics Committee of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre and the Research Ethics Committee of McGill University. In addition, she was involved with charities that address autism, women’s health and other causes. For instance, she contributed to the work of the Montreal Diet Dispensary, a community organization that offers nutritional and social support to pregnant women in need.

Justice Bachand was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec (Montreal) in 2017. He holds doctorates from the Université de Montréal and the Université Panthéon-Assas, in addition to an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Justice Bachand had been an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, since 2003, where he taught legal interpretation, alternative dispute resolution and evidence, among other subjects. Previously, he was a lawyer with the firm of Ogilvy Renault and at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he clerked for Justice Gérard La Forest.

In parallel with his academic career, Justice Bachand has served as an accredited arbitrator in both domestic and international cases. He has contributed his time to numerous organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where he served on the board. 

Justice Bélanger completed his law studies at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law in 1988 and subsequently completed a master of philosophy in law degree at Oxford University (Brasenose College) in 1991.

Justice Bélanger has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1989. He articled at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1989 to 1990, serving as a law clerk for former justice Antonio Lamer. His entire career has been spent with McCarthy Tétrault practising bankruptcy law, commercial restructuring and commercial litigation.

Justice Bélanger taught courses annually at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law for over 25 years (interpretation of statutes, securities and bankruptcy and restructuring). He was president of the Insolvency Institute of Canada from 2016 to 2018 and chair of the Liaison Committee of the Commercial Division of the Montreal Superior Court from 2014 to 2016.

Justice Bélanger is the co-author of two books on bankruptcy and restructuring and has published many articles in this field. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Canadian delegation on UNCITRAL Working Group V - Insolvency Law.